Photos: Whoa, A Metro Train Pulled Into Downtown Santa Monica
For the first time in over 60 years, a Metro train has reached downtown Santa Monica.
Back in May, a train finally crossed Westwood Boulevard on the Expo Line. With the second phase of the Expo Line set to be open early next year, Metro ran tests on Tuesday and Wednesday that saw a train pull into the Downtown Santa Monica terminal earlier this afternoon. According to Santa Monica Next, Phase II of the Expo Line will mark the first time the city will see passenger rail run through since 1953.
This is technically not the first time a train has made it into Santa Monica. One was towed across Centinela Avenue back in June, but starting last week trains began running through Santa Monica under their own power. On Wednesday, clearance was finally given for trains running beyond Lincoln Boulevard, bringing them within literally blocks from the beach.
That train will be carrying people going to the beach someday. It'll be here soon, Los Angeles. We're almost there!